Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Champions League 2020/21 - Referee Appointments - Third Qualifying Round

Referee  in charge of third qualifying round of 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.  Missing appointments will be added in due course. 

Tuesday 15 September

19:00 CET - Kyiv (NSK Olimpiyskiy)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) - AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR) 
Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Marcin Stefański (POL)

20:00 CET - Thessaloniki (Stádio Toúmbas)
PAOK FC (GRE) - SL Benfica (POR)
Referee:  Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER) 
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Emmanuelle Puttaert (BEL)

20:00 CET - KAA Gent Stadium, Ghent (BEL)
KAA Gent (BEL) - SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg /(SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Filipek (CZE)

Wednesday 16 September

17:00 CET - Nicosia (GSP)
Omonia FC (CYP) - FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Richard Cook (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Betts (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Anna Kapasoglou (GRE)

19:00 CET - Tel Aviv (Bloomfield Stadium)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) - FC Dynamo Brest (BLR)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:Iva Olivari-Uliša (CRO)

19:00 CET - Budapest (Ferencváros Stadion)
Ferencvárosi Torna Club (HUN) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER) 
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault De Gendt (BEL)

19:00 CET - Larnaca (AEK Arena) 
Qarabağ FK (AZE) - Molde FK (NOR)
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michalis Argyrou (CYP) 
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

20:30 CET - Herning (Herning Arena)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) - BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Valkov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Gijs De Jong (BEL)


  1. Waiting for the missing appointment in Azerbaijan, we have all "high ranked" Category 1 and two Elite referees, this is a very good signal for Kavanagh, in this context one can surely say that committee has indeed big plans for him. I don't look to much at the names of the teams involved, but the fact that so far he is the only Category 1 without previous experience (recently promoted) getting such a game in this stage, is surely something very remarkable.

    1. Did UEFA evaluate his performance in the UYL final differently than this blog? :)

    2. Indeed Chefren, congrats for your superb blog ! Emmanuelle Puttaert (uefa delegate in Greece) is from Belgium, not France.

    3. Thank you Frenchref, indeed my mistake! Sorry!

    4. No more Sian Massey in Kavanagh's team?

    5. @Anonymous his team rotates she isn't with him all the time

  2. Finally complete ;-)


    Progrès (LUX) - Willem II (NED): Mykola Balakin (UKR)
    Hammarby (SWE) - Lech (POL): Sascha Stegemann (GER)
    B36 (FRO) - TNS (WAL): Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)
    Kaysar (KAZ) - APOEL (CYP): Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
    Ventspils (LVA) - Rosenborg (NOR): Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
    Renova (MKD) - Hajduk Split (CRO): João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro (POR)
    Ararat-Armenia (ARM) - Fola (LUX): Enea Jorgji (ALB)
    Astana (KAZ) - Budućnost Podgorica (MNE): Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
    Teuta (ALB) - Granada (ESP): Willy Delajod (FRA)
    Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) - Rangers (SCO): Iwan Arwel Griffith (WAL)
    KuPS (FIN) - Slovan Bratislava (SVK): Volen Chinkov (BUL)
    Botoșani (ROU) - Shkëndija (MKD): Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
    Bodø/Glimt (NOR) - Žalgiris (LTU): Peter Kráľovič (SVK)
    Riteriai (LTU) - Liberec (CZE): Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
    Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL) - Tottenham (ENG): Harm Osmers (GER)
    Göteborg (SWE) - Copenhagen (DEN): Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
    Neftçi (AZE) - Galatasaray (TUR): Kevin Clancy (SCO)
    Flora (EST) - KR Reykjavík (ISL): Sigurd Smehus Kringstad (NOR)
    Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) - Zrinjski (BIH): Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
    Djurgården (SWE) - Europa (GIB): Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
    Riga (LVA) - Tre Fiori (SMR): Kári Jóannesarson á Høvdanum (FRO)
    Hibernians (MLT) - Fehérvár (HUN): Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
    Laç (ALB) - H. Beer-Sheva (ISR): Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
    CSKA-Sofia (BUL) - BATE (BLR): Horațiu Mircea Feșnic (ROU)
    Sfîntul Gheorghe (MDA) - Partizan (SRB): Juri Frischer (EST)
    OFI (GRE) - Apollon (CYP): Fabio Maresca (ITA)
    Locomotive Tbilisi (GEO) - Dinamo Moskva (RUS): Karim Abed (FRA)
    Inter Escaldes (AND) - Dundalk (IRL): Viktar Šymusik (BLR)
    Connah's Quay (WAL) - Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO): Alain Durieux (LUX)
    Sileks (MKD) - Drita (KOS): Andrew Madley (ENG)
    Shamrock Rovers (IRL) - Milan (ITA): Ádám Farkas (HUN)
    Piast (POL) - TSV (AUT): Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
    Kukës (ALB) - Wolfsburg (GER): Duje Strukan (CRO)
    Borac (BIH) - Rio Ave (POR): Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
    Aris (GRE) - Kolos Kovalivka (UKR): Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
    Standard Liège (BEL) - Bala (WAL): Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
    Viking (NOR) - Aberdeen (SCO): Filip Glova (SVK)
    Coleraine (NIR) - Motherwell (SCO): Antti Munukka (FIN)
    Linfield (NIR) - Floriana (MLT): David Munro (SCO)
    Osijek (CRO) - Basel (SUI): José Luis Munuera Montero (ESP)
    Dunajská Streda (SVK) - Jablonec (CZE): Marco Di Bello (ITA)
    Servette (SUI) - Reims (FRA): Stuart Attwell (ENG)
    Bačka Topola (SRB) - FCSB (ROU): Dennis Higler (NED)
    Honvéd (HUN) - Malmö (SWE): Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)

    1. So for some reason, the Italian appointments were the last to be confirmed (also in CL).

  3. Still not a single appointment of Russian referees. Is it due to covid-19 issues or something else?

    1. I think that it is related to what happened to Kazartsev and Eskov, no doubts for me... and Rosetti is right.

    2. Kazartsev is appointed for his first game since Spartak-Sochi. He will be in charge of Baltika-Veles, the second division game.

    3. Are Russian referees double penalized by Russian federation and UEFA? Is that fair?

  4. Has anyone watched Fabbri in Belgium-Germany U21?

    1. 5' missed PK for Germany?
      18' RC to Ger defender for DOGSO
      30' PK for Ger
      60' PK for Bel (foul outside of the box?)


    2. Not seen it, but media reports, that the RC (DOGSO) and the penalty for Germany (pulling) were correct, but the penalty for Belgium was wrong (foul outside the box).
      Furthermore a possible penalty for Germany (pushing) in 5'
      YCs given for the first penalty, reckless foul (50' - reported as harsh), for the second penalty (borderline SPA/DOGSO), late tackle (66') and an unspecified foul (86')

      So sounds like an interesting match for the Italian.

    3. And sounds like a possible bad grade for the Italian...

    4. In 5' it is a quite clear penalty, since the push is with both hands and the attacker is there to reach the ball, so a very clear infringement.
      RC for DOGSO is correct, the penalty for GER as well (only doubt in this case, it is not clear whether the ball had been already kicked or not),
      The foul of the penalty for Belgium was outside, very difficult for referee because the action immediately changed, here AR should have helped. If I'm not wrong, watching video, cameras are on the other side than benches, so AR2. Significant mistake for sure as it was a decisive goal for Belgium win.
      One could say a so-so performance, given the difficulty but for sure we always expect more... at moment you can understand why his careeer seems to be quite in danger, too many mistakes in all games he officiates.

    5. After the missed PK (min 5.14) there is a clear foul by Belgium n.8 (stamp on foot) for which Uefa wants all the time the YC.
      About the 60' PK, the defender is all the time outside the penalty area. How the referee didn't recognize it is incredible.
      He watched wrongly the attacker, but the foul is made by the defender...

    6. Indeed I don't know where Fabbri was looking. Maybe at the ball...

    7. As they use to say, sometimes its not good to be too close to the situation. Nevertheless, hardly to explain both mistakes, especially in the 60' that the assistant didnt see the foul is not inside. I have a theory that Fabbri was maybe tricked by penalty arc line because he was far from the situation, but that doesnt make the mistake different of course.

    8. By the way, for me one of the best examples of faultless foul detection regardless of the distance was Alireza Faghani at 2018 WC in Russia. It was a joy to watch him. Too bad that he didnt come to some European league after he left Iran.

    9. Agree 100%. Faghani was impressive at WC 2018. Too bad he did not get the final.

    10. He needed to stay within the same confederation in order to keep his FIFA badge from Iran.

    11. All situations are debatable, that is, mistakes. If you are going to be honest then you should admit it.
      5` penalty, pushing clear with both hands
      6` must be YC
      18` First foul committed by the attacker, clearly pulls for the jersey the defensive player, with that the attacker gained an advantage and a better position in the fight for the ball. Serious mistake.
      30` Very debatable, because if we really want to see, the ball was not in the game.
      60` A big mistake, which was equally helped by AR
      Marks ? (6.9)

      Of course he is Italian and he can have a match like this ...

    12. Basically I think that the last sentence you wrote anonymous, in this case, can't be denied. Indeed, the U21 appointments for referees from a major country are always among top teams. Fabbri, despite of his poor form at moment, got a very hot Belgium - Germany. This shouldn't have happened. He could have been appointed for another, less important, game. Not so much in terms of teams involved but for the standings. In this case I can't question. It is true that he got exactly this game just because Italian.

  5. Does anyone know why Sian Massey-Ellis isn't part of Kavanagh's team? She was part of his team just recently in a nation's league game I believe.

    1. I think that it was too early to talk about a regular trio, only two games together, so maybe she will appear again in future, let's see.

    2. They are a regular trio in the Premier League. In fact they are refereeing together this weekend in the opening game of the Premier League season.

    3. His team rotates some times she is with him sometimes it is the team he has for this game

    4. Sian Massey on Womens Euro duty in Sweden

  6. Qarabag - Molde to be played in Larnaca, Cyprus.
    COVID matters?
    Strange because some games have been played in Azerbaijan so far.
    Referee is Jovanović, appointments that suits with the others, Kavanagh, as said, only exception.

    1. That is because Molde players would have to go into 10 days quarantene if the game is played in Azerbaijan. Cyprus is marked as a yellow country according to Norwegian rules, and does not require a quarantene

    2. Hello,Shefren,woild you mind to tell me where can i see any reports from games,i was 28 years referee and Fifa 13years,now i am RO,thank you very much😊

    3. Isn’t there any closer country that is in yellow? It will be very long trip for both teams to Cyprus! Not understandable. There were rumors that Serbia was in red under Cyprian rules and that quarantine is 14 days, so the match Omonia-Red Star would be played somewhere else. Obviously that changed after the situation with COVID-19 in Serbia is much better now than it was. About Kavanagh - I am not happy with his appointment in this match.

  7. Israel from 18 September will close the country, let's see what will happen with UEFA games and appointments, tomorrow might be last appearance for Grinfeeld before a long stop, I'm really sorry for this situation.

    1. It would also make sense of his ostensibly random appointment tomorrow - save Brych, all the other referees are top 1st Cat. as normal for CLQ 3R.

      As you said, a last chance before a potentially very long enforced break to handle a UEFA match.

    2. I read that it should last for 3 weeks, so if they dont extend, he should be available for group stage.

  8. David Elleray has signed a cotract with Russian Football Union. He will be an independent advisor to the General secretary Alaev. He will help in improving VAR-related issues and will be in permanent contact with Viktor Kassai.

    1. https://rfs.ru/news/212260

    2. Now Russian referees will be appointed again by UEFA :)

    3. Indeed it seems as this appointment of Elleray is in a way related to what happened to those two referees.

  9. Correct penalty whistled for Chelsea, but where is atleast YC?!?

    1. YC offence being? Situation isn't DOGSO as likelihood of gaining possession and direction are both question marks. SPA has an attempt to play ball so downgrade Yellow because of the penalty. I don't see the challenge as reckless either so where are we finding a YC?

    2. If he passes him, he has relatively good chance to score a goal, GK stops him in that attempt, so IMO YC would be ok.

      But new rules, I guess.

  10. Dutch appointsments:
    Venlo - Utrecht: Dieperink
    AZ - Zwolle: Gözübüyük
    Vitesse - Sparta: Kuipers
    PSV - Emmen: van den Kerkhof
    Sittard - Heerenveen: Nagtegaal
    ADO - Groningen: Makkelie
    Feyenoord - Twente: van Boekel
    Willem II - Heracles: Manschot
    Ajax - RKC: Nijhuis

  11. OT: Ligue 1 MD4 appointments:
    Lyon - Nîmes, 21:00
    Amaury Delerue
    [Clément Turpin, Nicolas Danos]

    Lens - Bordeaux, 17:00
    Benoît Millot
    [Bastien Dechepy, Christian Guillard]

    Rennes - Monaco, 21:00
    Jérôme Miguelgorry
    [Eric Wattellier, Abdelali Chaoui]

    Nice - PSG, 13:00
    Benoît Bastien
    [Bastien Dechepy, Alexandre Castro]

    Brest - Lorient, 15:00
    Karim Abed
    [Dominique Julien, Yohann Rouinsard]

    Montpellier - Angers, 15:00
    Stéphanie Frappart
    [Bruno Coue, Hamid Guenaoui]

    Metz - Reims, 15:00
    Johan Hamel
    [Aurelien Petit, Stéphane Bre]

    Strasbourg - Dijon, 15:00
    Florent Batta
    [William Lavis, Lionel Jaffredo]

    Nantes - Saint-Etienne, 17:00
    Antony Gautier
    [Ruddy Buquet, Guillaume Debart]

    Marseille - Lille, 21:00
    Hakim Ben El Hadj
    [Mikael Lesage, Jeremy Stinat]

  12. Two yellow cards by Grinfeeld for Dinamo players. Both are close to rc in my opinion. Curious for your opinions

    1. https://streamable.com/pp8pse

    2. Accidental but more SFP than reckless for me...

    3. Dynamo is lucky ... I think this is RC

  13. Correct YC to PAOK N10 by Brych at 38".

    1. But only 8 minutes have been played at this moment...?

    2. Yes, correct YC in 1' (38 seconds) for a reckless challenge.

    3. '' (two) means seconds
      ' (one) means minutes

  14. Andreas Ekberg under-punished a very nasty SFP tackle (85') in the KAA Gent - SK Rapid Wien match, issuing a caution.

    1. https://streamja.com/jn7Z7

      Contrarily, very good penalty call for Genk earlier in the second half.

      What do you think the sanction should be?

    2. In some moment of the game, there was very clear elbow, he was very close to the scene and he didnt saction player.

  15. I agree, a clear red card for SFP.

  16. Good, expected level performance by Felix Brych on PAOK - Benfica. No penalty area incidents, full control and acceptance.

    Good first caution at min. 01'. A total of 6 YC's and all correct. He was a little inconsistent in foul detection and he took some decisions with delay. But those small mistakes didn't influence the outcome of the match.

  17. Thanks to Anonymous (Dutch Ref? :)) together here are the two potential SFP incidents mentioned from the Dynamo Kyiv - AZ Alkmaar game handled by Orel Grinfeld.

    15' - Dynamo no.29, YC issued

    18' - Dynamo no.22, YC issued

    1. Another potential SFP incident, in Ekberg's game:

      85' - Rapid no.9, YC issued

    2. The first situation in Grinfeeld game is surely the closest to a RC, however in this case I think that tackle by opponent was quite unexpected, I don't know how much opponent could have avoided this contact. Without this certainty, YC can be supportable but maybe still RC would have been better choice. It is different when a collision is caused mostly by the movement of the fouled player and not so much from who is committing the foul. This is also a situation different from the one where a player kicks the ball bfore and then also the opponent when he is aware that opponent is there. So, not a clear 7.9 for Grinfeeld in any case, I would say. About the other two situations, for sure UEFA will agree with YC for both.

    3. 18' - Dynamo no.22, YC issued

      Potential SFP for what?!?!?!
      For step on foot???
      Clear YC and we are talking about possible RC for SFP?
      Are you serious?????

    4. 1st one is orange for me. Can go either red or yellow. The second is clearly only a yellow card.

    5. Anonymous - yes, of course it's only reckless, I only cut the clip as another user mentioned it as a potential SFP.

      Because I cut the clip, people can formulate their own opinion (that it's not SFP).

      You don't have to attack me as a volunteer for cutting clips of games! :)

  18. Referees from Israel, among others, have already been assigned to a game in EL Third Round. So I assume that UEFA has asked for allowing officials to travel during lockdown or there is a special regulation for international football games and this will be valid for all countries.

    1. Regarding that, here is what UEFA published for Europa League Third Round:

      Sarajevo (BIH) vs Astana (KAZ) / Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) – Jose Maria Sanchez (ESP)

      Sheriff (MDA) vs Inter Escaldes (AND) / Dundalk (IRL) – Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

      Legia (POL) vs Sileks (MKD) / Drita (KOS) – Halis Ozkahya (TUR)

      KÍ (FRO) vs Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) / Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) – Thorvaldur Arrnason (ISL)

      Sporting CP (POR) vs Viking (NOR) / Aberdeen (SCO) – Nikola Dabanović (MNG)

      Charleroi (BEL) vs Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni (MDA) / Partizan (SRB) – Bobby Madden (SCO)

      Rijeka (CRO) vs Aris (GRE) / Kolos Kovalivka (UKR) – Tiago Martins (POR)

      St. Gallen (SUI) vs AEK Athens (GRE) – Alejandro Hernandez (ESP)

      LASK (AUT) vs Dunajská Streda (SVK) / Jablonec (CZE) – Jerome Brisard (FRA)

      Beşiktaş (TUR) vs Borac Banja Luka (BIH) / Rio Ave (POR) – Daniel Siebert (GER)

      Rostov (RUS) vs Maccabi Haifa (ISR) / Kairat Almaty (KAZ) – Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

      Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) vs SønderjyskE (DEN) – Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)

    2. 1)I dont understand what Bobby Madden is doing here! Last season CL and EL group stage and EL KO, I didnt expect him before play-off round for sure.

      2)I start to think that Fran Jovic might not get anything close to expected 1st category appointments. No NL, and no 3rd QR of either CL and EL this season, hard to explain considering other appointments (I would expect "high reputation" referees appointed for play-off if Madden and Siebert are so early in action) and the fact that he should have EL debut this season.

    3. This are 12 matches for which home team is known, there are 23 more matches where home teams will be known tomorrow and then UEFA will be able to confirm appointments they made (due to covid related reatrictions). My guess is both Bebek and Jovic will be appointed.

    4. I forgot, there will be 12 CL play off matches and 24 EL play off matches. So 36 matches in total and 27 elite referees. If we assume all will be appointed (except Aytekin who is injured) 26 matches should be refereed by elite referees and only 10 by first category referees. That is why I think we will see both new and experienced first category referees in EL third round.

    5. Right, somehow I didnt calculate the remaining 24 matches in QR3. I guess you are right then and Bebek and Jovic could get their chance in that set of appointments.

  19. Good 1H from Stieler in an easy game, only incidents were one wrong foul and problems with the lower part of his kit (1 minute break)

  20. bad moments for Kabakov. first a missed YC for Bern player and after that he missed a quite clear penalty for a handball, also in favor of Bern.

    1. still not convinced of his performance. good fitness and positioning, but problems with disciplinary control. a few missed YC now for quite hard challenges.

    2. Thanks for your reports, we will focus on this game on next days for sure!

    3. Now extremely clear red card (my opinion) against Young Boys Berne not shown. Never seen any worse tackles on this level... Not a very convincing game from Kabakob, I‘m sorry...

  21. Jesus, Kabakov with the clearest RC missed!

    Bad from him today..

    1. I don‘t see any arguments for a YC here!

    2. very, very late tackling without any chance to play the ball in any possible way. player should have been sent off. Kabakov again with good view, fast reaction but the wrong solution. really not a good game from the bulgarian...

    3. There is live stream,77 min.


    4. 81'

      Potential penalty missed...

    5. 77': cristal clear red card, terrible mistake.
      81': imo no penalty, play on.

    6. You don't even need a replay, you can see that it's 100% red live.

  22. 84‘ there was only one replay with a bad angle but I think a very good onside call by AR2 before 3:0.

  23. Terrible mistake by Kabakov in 76', indeed. One could even say that player deliberately hit the opponent with the intent to harm him. It is a shocking challenge with ball clearly away. This will be assessed as very clear crucial mistake by Kabakov, VAR would have intervened 100%. Live you have the exact perception of excessive force + deliberate action against opponent without any intention on the ball.
    This is a crystal clear red card and Kabakov was very disappointing by showing only yellow.

    1. Clear excessive force and no intention to play the ball, just to harm the opponent. It's a huge mistake.
      It's also interesting to see that this player who committed this horrible challenge, he lost the ball a few seconds before and felt like he was fouled, so just by his run you could see this is sort of a "revenge" . Kabakov should have noticed that, but only if he looks at the challenge should have been enough to issue a red card.

    2. I agree that it should have been a red card.

      However, reading some comments about overall extremely lenient cards criteria in this game, maybe in that context its not unexplainable. But I would need to watch the whole game to say for sure.

    3. It reminds me a bit on the situation from last year in Croatian derby (foul from 3:10, replay 3:40)

      Batinic showed YC immediately and changed to RC after few seconds, and member of refereeing commitee later said it was a mistake to issue a red card, because it is a start to stop a counter attack and the player hits the opponent leg from side. My personal opinion was RC.

    4. If it was a normal fight for the ball when the player challenges to late, a YC would be supportable because the hitting point is not high. But in this case the only intention by the player was to harm his opponent and sush behaviour is unaccaptable and must be RC. (it is by the way also a clear sign by the coach that he took the player off the pitch one minute after the incident.)

    5. Cassius hits the nail on the head, I tried to address this point discussing the tackle from the Armenia - Estonia game (hitting point too was a RC IMO, but anyway).

      I really think UEFA are happy nowadays for referees to manage 'tackles as an attack' at their own discretion; so long as they keep everything under control afterwards, I think they are happy to support cautions rather than ejections for tackles such as in Kabakov's game.

      So I disagree with Chefren with the statement that a (UEFA) VAR would intervene there and recommend a RC - this is EXACTLY the situation where Rosetti doesn't want VAR intervention, Kabakov perceived the tackle right and made his decision.

      That's a real shame as this tackle, I agree with everyone else, really has to result in a sending off. Players' safety is being compromised if elite refereeing keeps its' current track!

    6. Mikael, to be honest in this case I wouldn't be so sure that Rosetti would accept this yellow card just because Kabakov saw the incident right! Too clear situation, let's hope that committee will assess this as mandatory intervention for a VAR!
      This is an incident in which I expect all referees immediately running there with a ready RC and no hesitation!

    7. I agree, for me this one is worse than Arm-Est. It is a late revenge challenge from behind with no intention to play the ball, and is a dangerous tackle.

  24. Play-off predictions
    Krasnodar - PAOK: Turpin / Kuipers
    Maccabi - Salzburg: Cakir / Skomina
    Midtjylland - Slavia: del Cerro Grande / Makkelie
    Gent - Dynamo: Soares Dias / Orsato
    Molde - Ferencvaros: Mateu / Brych
    Olympiacos - Omonoia: Hategan / Marciniak

    1. Sorry, I don't think Hategan will referee in Greece. Because we have Vasaras, chief of romanian referees. Maybe a switch with Mateu or Turpin.

  25. Soares Dias was nominated for the game between Guimarães - B SAD (18th September)

    Status: unavailable

    COVID or Play-Off Champions League?

  26. Likely, Champions League.


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